UK weather: Report of woman swept away in River Don as widespread flooding hits Scotland

A woman was reportedly swept away in the River Don in Aberdeenshire as widespread flooding hit Scotland, police said.

Police and emergency crews are at the scene where it is believed the person may have tried to save a dog.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “At approximately 3.05pm on Friday 18th November, police were called to the River Don near Monymusk following a report of concern for a woman in the water .

“Police and emergency services attended the scene and a search was carried out. Following the assessment of the state of the river, the search was interrupted for the evening. Police investigations are ongoing.”

Scotland has been hit by rain and flooding, with rest centers open in parts of Aberdeenshire after flood warnings were stepped up on Friday.

The northeast of the country has been hammered by the bad Weather report with the local council warning residents to take action to protect their properties.

Roadmaps of flood closures have been released and rest centers will open in Ballater, Aboyne, Inverurie and Kemnay for those in need of assistance who cannot stay at home.

Aberdeenshire Council has warned that river levels will peak later on Friday, with sandbag points installed in the area to protect against flooding.

Power cuts are also affecting Inverurie, Kintore, Stonehaven, Portlethen and Hatton of Fintray, with reports of broadband also falling.

There was also localized flooding in parts of Edinburgh, with footage showing the Crewe Toll roundabout to the west of the city completely submerged.

The Met Office said more than a month of rain fell in Charr, Aberdeenshire overnight, with a recorded total of 140mm.

Train journeys across much of eastern Scotland have also been disrupted.

Forecasters have issued an orange rain warning for an area of ​​northeast Scotland stretching from northern Dundee to Aberdeen until 9pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, a yellow rain warning is also in place along the Scottish east coast from the English border to Peterhead until 6pm on Friday.

It comes after a band of rain hit the south west coast of England on Wednesday evening before moving north east for two days causing flooding in many parts of the UK.

On Friday morning, the Environment Agency issued 11 flood warnings and 81 flood alerts and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued 26 warnings and nine alerts.

South of the border in northeast England, hundreds of people were stranded at Newcastle station due to canceled services northbound to Scotland.

Huge queues for replacement buses were seen and passengers were told they could have to wait up to five hours to board.

Queues for bus services stretched hundreds of meters down the street outside the city center station and spiraled around the concourse inside.

Hundreds of rail passengers queue outside Newcastle station for replacement buses
Queues stretched hundreds of meters down the street outside the station and spiraled around the concourse inside

A woman heading to Edinburgh said: “It just can’t happen. I have a health problem and I can’t wait outside like this.”

James Brownhill, from London, said: “It’s just chaos. But you can’t do anything. If it’s flooded, it’s flooded.

“I think I’m going to have to stay at Newcastle tonight.”

Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon warned that parts of Scotland could see homes and businesses inundated even if the rain eases later on Friday, while gusts could blow to over 50 knots.

He said: “The rain is expected to ease later in the day but due to the late reaction of the rivers to the rain some flooding may still occur.

“There will also be persistent and widespread rain across most of Scotland today.”

A motorist drives along a flooded road in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire. Motorists are warned to stay off the roads as cars are stuck in flood waters caused by downpours and the UK braces for pain
Flooding was seen further south yesterday and motorists were warned not to drive on Leicestershire roads

He also said temperatures were expected to drop, reaching -4C in Northern Ireland, adding: “Fairly widespread frost is possible for much of the UK.”

While Saturday will be clear, on Sunday another front of rain and strong winds blowing in from the west will bring a chance of thunder and lightning, Mr Dixon said.

“It defines what is really the theme for next week which is continued wet and windy weather for much of the UK,” he added.

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